For too long, we’ve been neglecting the role humidity plays in our comfort and health. Now, it’s time to take a closer look at what humid air can do for us.
You may think that you need a dehumidifier because of all the wetness in your home, but what you might not realize is that even when it’s dry outside (and sometimes inside!), humidity levels can be too high and cause many common problems.
Reasons to have a dehumidifier in a home:
Dehumidifiers can minimize the following problems and improve your home significantly:
1. Cold temperatures can be more comfortable when humidity levels are low, as it allows you to raise the thermostat in your home without having to worry about dry or stuffy air.
2. Your home’s wood furniture and wood floors will last longer if humidity levels are kept under control because humidity helps accelerate the growth of mold and mildew.
3. You will spend less time cleaning and maintaining your home, as high humidity causes dust mites and other allergens to multiply rapidly.
4. Health problems caused by high humidity levels include colds and flu, asthma attacks, allergies, dry skin, itchy eyes, headaches and sinus problems.
5. A dehumidifier will lower your water bill because the excess moisture that leaks from your home through walls and ceilings can amount to hundreds of gallons per year.
6. Dehumidifiers will help your home retain its exterior paint and finish, which adds additional protection against damage caused by precipitation.
7. Be prepared for bad weather: when humidity levels are high, it can be easier for winds to pick up and bring in moisture from outside.
8. Dehumidifiers can help you sleep better at night, as the dry air will help keep you from waking up due to congestion.
Why Every Home Needs a Dehumidifier?
“It’s been tougher to find a simple answer than that one. But after several attempts, we come up with one that may be helpful here: There’s no need to suffer from high humidity in your home if you don’t have to.
Humidity is mainly misunderstood, even by homeowners and home builders. We know that the air in our homes can become saturated with moisture from cooking, bathing, breathing, etc., which we consider humidity. And if you’re like most people, you’ve probably associated high humidity with feelings of personal discomfort (e.g., stuffiness; stuffy nose; sore throat) and sometimes even more severe health issues (e.g., respiratory problems).
But what many people don’t know is that humidity itself isn’t the problem: high levels of moisture are the real culprit in most cases. When your home’s walls and ceilings become saturated with moisture, it can result in mold growth, wood rot and other forms of indoor air quality damage. That’s why you need to deal with excessive moisture in your home to protect your family’s comfort and health.
If you’re not using a dehumidifier, or even if you are, it might be a good idea to take a second look at the benefits and drawbacks of humidity in your home. There is more to humidity than you might realize, but it’s never too late to make changes that can improve your home and the way you live.